This oil has won awards and we can see why. The delicate geranium rose scent makes this a joy from the moment you open the bottle, and testers loved the way it glided on and absorbed into the skin almost like a serum. Many oils we tried left an oily residue on the skin, but this one absorbed well and fast, making it a beautiful addition to a skincare routine, even in the morning before applying makeup. Testers with acne found this one really helped to clear up and rebalance their skin, too.
According to the British Skin Foundation, around 60 per cent of people in the UK currently have or have had a skin condition, and 70 per cent of those say this affects their confidence.
While most skin conditions, from acne to eczema, are usually best treated from within, having skincare to help heal, soothe and strengthen along the way can also be beneficial. And, even without a skin condition, a little self care never goes amiss.
CBD skincare is something we’ve seen saturating the beauty market for a few years now and, although not all are made equal, studies have shown that the CBD molecule (and other components in whole hemp plants, such as hemp seed oil) can have a dramatic impact on the health and appearance of your skin.
Preliminary research suggests that topical use of CBD may hold potential for treating acne, and atopic dermatitis, keratin diseases, eczema and more. This is supposedly achieved through the normalising of excessive sebum production, assisting with the turn-over of new skin cells and reducing the effects of free-radical damage.
CBD is also well-documented as having potent anti-inflammatory properties, which is good news for inflamed skin or painful spots. With prolonged use, studies have shown the effects go deeper: working with cells throughout all layers of the skin to regulate sebum production, reduce inflammation and produce anti-oxidant effects.
How we tested
Over the course of a year, we’ve tested hundreds of CBD skincare products on a wide range of skin types. Testers, both men and women, ranged in ages from 18 to 65 and had varying skincare conditions and needs including acne, eczema, psoriasis, ageing, dryness, oily skin and breakouts. Products were rated for consistency, absorbability, scent, packaging, ingredients, price and most importantly, results.
The best CBD skincare products for 2023 are:
- Best for acne – BNatural face oil: £19.99, Bnaturaloil.co.uk
- Best face serum – Honey Heaven multivitamin age defying recovery serum: £25, Honeyheaven.co.uk
- Best for pain relief – Ardoa Market teal 22 recovery cream: £34.99, Ardoamarket.co.uk
- Best for sensitive skin – Healing Alternatives CBD & dandelion cleansing milk: £48, Healingalternatives.co.uk
- Best moisturiser – Biogenics rebalancing day cream: £30, Biogeniccbd.co.uk